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Old 05-15-2007, 02:08 PM   #1
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Default WTF is eating my hops?

So, I went out to check on my vines today, and I see this crap:



First off, anyone know what this might be? Secondly, is spraying them with Sevin okay? My mom, who is a master gardener, says Sevin is safe up until 2 weeks prior to harvest, and she also recommended trying something called Organicide first. Does anyone have any experience using either of those on your hop vines? Or do you have a better recommendation? Thanky!

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Could be slug or snail damage. Check closely for the tell-tale sign of the slime trail on the leaves. If it is snails or slugs, simply make a ring of copper foil around the base of the vines.

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Also if it is indeed slug or snails, this is a minor setback and your hops will easily recover. Once the plant gets established the damage will be proportionally less.

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I have the same problem and I dusted mine with Diatomaceous earth Sunday evening and it seems to be working. Give that a try or here's a recipe a friend gave me.

Buy some cheap cigars or chewing tobacco and steep in warm water with cayenne powder in a 5 gallon covered bucket. Let the tobacco settle and run through a sieve and coffee filter. Add a few drops of liquid dish soap and spray your plants weekly with it. This is a good general purpose (non toxic to humans) but has a short half life so that you can discontinue shortly before harvest and will not affect your hops (aroma or flavor). Do not make more than you can use in 2 weeks as it will lose its potency, store out of sunlight.

1 oz. Tobacco

1/3 oz. cayenne powder or any super hot pepper extract (Boil some Habaneras)

1 good squirt of Dawn Dish Soap.

3 gallons warm water
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I have the same problem and I dusted mine with Diatomaceous earth Sunday evening and it seems to be working. Give that a try or here's a recipe a friend gave me.
Buy some cheap cigars or chewing tobacco and steep in warm water with cayenne powder in a 5 gallon covered bucket. Let the tobacco settle and run through a sieve and coffee filter. Add a few drops of liquid dish soap and spray your plants weekly with it. This is a good general purpose (non toxic to humans) but has a short half life so that you can discontinue shortly before harvest and will not affect your hops (aroma or flavor). Do not make more than you can use in 2 weeks as it will lose its potency, store out of sunlight.

1 oz. Tobacco

1/3 oz. cayenne powder or any super hot pepper extract (Boil some Habaneras)

1 good squirt of Dawn Dish Soap.

3 gallons warm water
I was going to suggest the same thing. My grandfather, who was an excellent gardener, swore by this method. He never grew hops to my knowledge, but used this on all of his vegetables.
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Once the bines are 2-3 feet long and climbing the twine, remove the leaves from the first foot. This is also good for controlling mildew.

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I'll 2nd the Diatomaceous Earth!!!!!! Great stuff. Also throw some around your doors and window sills. Kills cockroaches, ants, weevils.... Completely Non Toxic!!

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You may not want to sacrifice a home brew for this, but it will work....

We use to have a bad slug problem on our hastas (sp?). Take a plastic cup and pour some beer in it. Place a couple of these around your plants. The slugs are attracted to the sweetness of the beer. They crawl right in and they either drown or get completely intoxicated until they die. Either way...dead slugs/happy plants.

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I'll 2nd the Diatomaceous Earth!!!!!! Great stuff. Also throw some around your doors and window sills. Kills cockroaches, ants, weevils.... Completely Non Toxic!!
So, how do you use it? Just sprinkle it on the leaves?
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It is a fine white powder. Just sprinkle it all over the ground around your plants.

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